Gelant wins Cross Country Trials in Potchefstroom

“I did not really go for the win, but I expected to finish in the top 5,” the words of track athlete Elroy Gelant (past Junior athlete from ASWD) after he won the SA Cross Country Trials in Potchefstroom on 18 February 2012. Gelant beat some of the best athletes in the field including 2011 winner Kgosi Tsosane and old time favourite Steven Mokoka. 

The 12km for the senior men consisted of 6 laps on the 2km course and it was not until the fourth lap that Mbongeni Ngxazozo broke away from the main group with David Manja, Elroy Gelant and Lungisa Mdadelwa following.  Somewhere in the next lap Gelant overtook Maja and lead the race to the finish line. 

Steven Mokoka started at the back of the pack and many expected him to come through and surprise with a finish in the top 10.  Mokoka, who already qualified for the Olympic Marathon, ran the Best Med Tuks Half marathon in the morning and finished 18th, almost 2 minutes after Gelant came in. 

The Phalula twins dominated the senior women’s 8km trials from the very start of the race with Nolene Conrad in the front pack with them.  Lebogang Phalula went into the last lap with a massive lead, almost 150m on her closest competitors and won the trials. According to Lebogang it was not a difficult race for her to win as she has been working hard on her fitness levels.   

Defending champion Lebo Phalula came third with Mpho Mabuza finishing 2nd, two weeks after running the SA Marathon Championships in George.  Other familiar faces to come through in the top 10 were Nolene Conrad who finished 7th and Christine Kalmer in 10th place. 

The top 3 of the junior men’s trials was not decided until the last lap where Tunisang Monnatlala took the lead.  The last 300-400m however caused a lot of excitement as it was a sprint finish between Monnatlala and Sello Masia.  Sello Mokwena finished 3rd, also just after Masia. There were about 7 seconds between the top 3 athletes in the junior men’s category. 

Sylvia Tshehtlanyane won the junior women’s title with Anylsee van Graan crossing the line 2nd.  Third place went to Luleka Dyonki fromCentral North West.  Anylsee’s sister Kyla finished 4th. 

The top 4 athletes (seniors and juniors) have a guaranteed spot in the team for the Africa Cross Country Championships taking place on 18 March in Cape Town, with the same rules applying to the Southern region Cross Country Championships in Mauritius (3 March) where the seniors will compete. 


Senior men

1 35 Elroy GELANT ACNW SENIOR MEN (12 KM) 00:34:49 Individual
2 88 David MANJA ACNW SENIOR MEN (12 KM) 00:35:01 Individual
3 190 Boy SOKE AFS SENIOR MEN (12 KM) 00:35:06 Individual
4 241 Lungisa MDADELWA ATRA SENIOR MEN (12 KM) 00:35:13 Individual
5 12 Dean BRUMMER ACNW SENIOR MEN (12 KM) 00:35:20 Individual
6 202 Kgosi TSOSANE ASA/AGN SENIOR MEN (12 KM) 00:35:27 ASA Squad
7 100 Isaac MBUYASE USSA SENIOR MEN (12 KM) 00:35:31 Individual
8 152 Mbongeni NGXAZOZO ASA/CGA SENIOR MEN (12 KM) 00:35:36 ASA Squad
9 167 Luyando QOLO BOLA SENIOR MEN (12 KM) 00:35:43 Individual
10 85 Derocious MAKHUBALO CGA SENIOR MEN (12 KM) 00:35:52 Individual

Senior women

1 163 Lebo PHALULA ASA/CGA SENIOR WOMEN (8 KM) 00:27:08 ASA Squad
2 72 Mpho MABUZA ASA/CGA SENIOR WOMEN (8 KM) 00:27:37 ASA Squad
3 164 Lebogang PHALULA ASA/CGA SENIOR WOMEN (8 KM) 00:28:10 ASA Squad
4 236 Onneile DINTWE BOT SENIOR WOMEN (8 KM) 00:28:14 Individual
5 151 Portia NGWENYA AGN SENIOR WOMEN (8 KM) 00:28:21 Individual
6 107 Ntombisintu MFUNZI ASA/EPA SENIOR WOMEN (8 KM) 00:28:27 ASA Squad
7 19 Nolene CONRAD ASA/CGA SENIOR WOMEN (8 KM) 00:28:42 ASA Squad
8 175 Ashleigh SCHNETLER USSA SENIOR WOMEN (8 KM) 00:28:44 Individual
9 118 Anna MOEKETSI ASA/AFS SENIOR WOMEN (8 KM) 00:29:05 ASA Squad
10 49 Cristine KALMER CGA SENIOR WOMEN (8 KM) 00:29:08 Individual

Junior Men

1 133 Tumisang MONNATLALA CGA JUNIOR MEN (8KM) 00:24:25 Individual
2 93 Sello MASIA ASA/AFS JUNIOR MEN (8KM) 00:24:26 ASA Squad
3 130 Sello MOKWENA CGA JUNIOR MEN (8KM) 00:24:32 Individual
4 31 Sithembile DONDOLO ASA/CGA JUNIOR MEN (8KM) 00:24:34 ASA Squad
5 159 Zweli NZIMA CGA JUNIOR MEN (8KM) 00:24:36 Individual
6 227 Thapelo MADIBA CGA JUNIOR MEN (8KM) 00:24:41 Individual
7 203 Mauritz TUIT ASA/CGA JUNIOR MEN (8KM) 00:24:49 ASA Squad
8 161 Anastacius ONTONG ASA/AFS JUNIOR MEN (8KM) 00:25:05 ASA Squad
9 230 Edward MOSHOETE CGA JUNIOR MEN (8KM) 00:25:14 Individual
10 B Thapelo MODIJANE AVT JUNIOR MEN (8KM) 00:25:17 Individual

Junior Women

2 206 Anylsee VAN GRAAN AGN JUNIOR WOMEN (6 KM) 00:21:25 Individual
3 32 Luleka DYONKI ACNW JUNIOR WOMEN (6 KM) 00:21:27 Individual
4 207 Kyla VAN GRAAN AGN JUNIOR WOMEN (6 KM) 00:21:28 Individual
5 15 Thandeka MANZANA AGN JUNIOR WOMEN (6 KM) 00:21:34 Individual
6 36 Tahndi SIHOHLE CGA JUNIOR WOMEN (6 KM) 00:21:49 Individual
7 24 Puseletso DIETA CGA JUNIOR WOMEN (6 KM) 00:22:08 Individual
8 40 Jeanette BOKADIE CGA JUNIOR WOMEN (6 KM) 00:22:17 Individual
9 91 Caroline MARANDELA USSA JUNIOR WOMEN (6 KM) 00:22:21 Individual
10 104 Kylie MERRICK AGN JUNIOR WOMEN (6 KM) 00:22:23 Individual
Share Button

About southcapenet

Adding value to my domain hosting and online advertising services.
View all posts by southcapenet →